Downstream (Yangong, Prome, Bagan, Mandalay)
This is a very different Burma cruise. Sailing through the heart of ‘Middle Myanmar’ we pass through a varying landscape – from the lush teak plantations around Prome to the desert country south of Bagan. We visit a number of small villages and towns and see local agriculture and manufacturing at first hand. These places are remote from the modern world and offer a glimpse of a timeless, lost Myanmar far from the usual tourist track. We also visit a number of old monasteries, temples of art and historical interest in this the cultural heartland of old Myanmar.
Day 01: Depart Mandalay (-/L/D)
Embark the ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty, Mandalay and after lunch, we tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shweim-bin teak carved monastery and Amarapura with the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.
Day 02: Yandabo (B/L/D)
We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and cast off cruising downstream through lunch and in the late afternoon we explore Yandabo, a small rural village specialised in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
Day 03: Bagan (B/L/D)
We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site.
Day 04: Bagan (B/L/D)
Ascend Tan-chi-taungmountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. We visit a number of teak monasteries including the Youtsaun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses while sailing today.
Day 05: Magwe (B/L/D)
We ‘climb’ the river and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.
Day 06: Minhla and Gwechaung (B/L/D)
We visit Minhla (Italian built forts) constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. Thayetmyo, this pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse cart to see the countryside and golf club.
Day 07: Prome (Pyay) (B/L/D)
Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculptures.
Day 08: A Kauk Taung (B/L/D)
Stop at the famous A Kauk Taung to explore the spectacular stone carvings that are situated on the cliffs.
Day 09: Danupyu (B/L/D)
Continue our exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Donabyu, another little known town with bustling markets.
Day 10: Twante (B/L/D)
Sail through the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante in the afternoon. Enter to the Yangon river port.
Day 11: Rangoon (Yangon) (B/-/-)
Disembark your Pandaw cruise ship early this morning at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon, where your arrangements end.
Number of Days 11
Price From $
7 nights accommodation in Twin cabin
Full board meals with drinks as listed
Arrival and Departure transfers
Local English speaking guide
Tipping for crew members at own discretion
Pre and post tour in Yangon and Mandalay
Minimum 5 travellers.
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